How to start an online business

How to start an online business – basic steps

Do you wonder how to start an online business?

One way to start an online business is to sell products or services online through an E-commerce website.

To start an E-commerce business to sell something online, you first need to decide the industry or product/service segment. Then you need to do some research on the market demand, geography, target customer base etc. Also how you would source the products, suppliers and other services whom you can reach out to make the supply of your products/services.

Once you are done with the groundwork, you need a good agency or freelancer whom you can consult for an E-commerce website and probably a mobile app development.

After your business becomes present online, you need to do marketing of the same. There are various means of marketing but in case of E-commerce, digital marketing is more effective one.

Hope this would help you plan/start your business. Wish you all the best.

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What is good platform for developing an E-commerce website?

What is a good platform for an E-commerce website?

Many people ask this question – What is a good platform for an E-commerce website? There are two options for implementing an E-commerce website: On-premises solution and SAAS based solution.

On Premises solution:

As per our study, Magento is a good choice. Magento is the platform to build e-commerce websites having around about 25–26% market share. It is having a big community of developers implementing solutions using this framework. That means you get more help regarding the development problems.

WooCommerce is also picking up these days having approximately 19–20% market share. However, it is a WordPress plugin and not a complete platform. With WooCommerce, there is a limitation on the readily available features compared to Magento.

Both of these are PHP based frameworks (opensource). Hence, the implementation cost, hosting cost and development cost is lower. And resource availability is higher compared to frameworks written in other languages. So, many startups and small companies go for these two options first.

Apart from these, there are many other PHP based frameworks. Those are Open Cart, os Commerce, PrestaShop, Zen Cart, Joomla E-Commerce etc. However, their development is not as active as the development of Magento.

Also, there are other frameworks available such as Apache OFBiz, BroadLeaf Commerce, Shopizer etc. An enterprise-grade language (i.e. Java) is used to write these frameworks. Development using these frameworks is costlier compared to Magento or other PHP based frameworks.

SAAS based solution:

If you don’t want to develop the e-commerce website yourself and don’t want to take the responsibility of hosting and maintenance (of course with the advantage of the development flexibility), you can go for a SAAS based solution which comes with a subscription model.

There are a couple of well-known platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion etc. You can choose one from these to host your website.

Hope you can judge to select one based on the above information.

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